Parliamentary Assistant to Nicola Sturgeon MSP

Nicola Sturgeon MSP is looking for a parliamentary assistant to join her busy constituency team.

Location: Holyrood

Salary: £28,508 (FTE)

Hours: 28 hours per week over four days

Working for a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP)

MSPs are employers in their own right. Under their employment, you will become part of a team supporting them in carrying out their duties. You’ll work in a dynamic and fast paced environment to provide an outstanding service for constituents.


  • Gathering and distributing valuable data that supports my activities.
    • Keeping your knowledge of policy areas and local issues up-to-date.
    • Carrying out research projects.
    • Obtaining and compiling relevant research documents from external bodies.
    • Preparing and delivering regular briefings and updates.
    • Analysing, evaluating and interpreting data and statistics.
  • Producing materials that effectively convey my aims to the general public and media.
    • Keeping up to date with current media developments.
    • Building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders.
    • Corresponding with constituents and local campaign groups.
    • Producing high quality press briefings, speeches, presentations and written materials.
  • Carrying out general office administration and acting as front of office for enquiries.
    • Overseeing all administrative procedures, ensuring documents are easily retrievable.
    • Responding to all incoming correspondence while professionally managing each enquiry within agreed timescales.
    • Coordinating, tracking and monitoring the handling of enquiries and ensuring they are dealt with timely and professionally.
    • Drafting written correspondence such as letters, requests for information and parliamentary questions and motions.
  • Maintaining office records and compliance with data protection.
    • Maintaining filing system and managing records.
    • Ensuring compliance with data protection legislation and GDPR requirements.
    • Ensuring administrative and secretarial support is provided.


  • Have excellent written, verbal and IT skills with accurate attention to detail.
  • Be empathetic with the ability to build and maintain relationships with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Have a flexible and adaptable approach, being able to use good judgement and work on own initiative.
  • Be well organised with the ability to prioritise competing workloads.
  • Have the ability to foster good working relationships with confidence to understand how the media world operates.
  • Be a proactive problem solver with the motivation and resilience to adapt and deal with challenges.

The Selection Process

For any questions about the role please contact:

Click on “apply” to upload your CV and a supporting statement. Your supporting statement should be no more than one side of A4, outlining how you meet the requirements detailed above for this role. Applications that do not include a supporting statement may not be considered.

Closing Date: Monday 20th May 2024 at 23:59

Interviews are expected to take place on Friday 31st May